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Some time ago I got this thought in my head that it would be fun to do a Forest dragon for my wood elves. I tried to come up with ideas to make it 'woodsy', and then it hit me:
Perfect to 'soften up' a spiky great lizard and make it fit in with the forest canopy. Excellent for flying through the twisting branches without making a sound, owl style. More fitting for a creature adapted to and assimilated into the great forest of Athel Loren. And, I hope, original enough to satisfy my ego.
So I went out and bought a High elf lord on dragon, even though I have to double my current points worth of wood elf models to field it (and that's after I have finished the various projects I have lying around).
The box had so many great bits and options that it almost made me want to start a High elf army. It was better than Christmas! Anyway, after assembling the dragon I got down on putting green stuff around my vision. Here are some early shots:
Head with feather 'sideburns'.
And the rider:
For the body, I mutilated one of the wizard torsos to get the huge, bling belt and stuck a glade guard torso with the belts cut off on it.
The spear was made by cutting off the axe head from the shaft and pinning on the blade from the wizard sword.
This is one of the shields from the box, with the pheonix pattern filed off and green stuff added:
This was at least a few weeks ago and I have made some but not much progress since then (other projects getting in the way, real life interfering, you know how it is). I will post some new pics soon.
One other problem I have (besides general lazyness), is how far to take the feathery theme. I intend to cover the wings and do a 'mane' kind of thing around the head, but beyond that I am unsure.
Should I cover the back (dorsal) part with feathers? Should I fuzzy up the lower legs, poking out from under the armor? Get rid off the armor and cover the area with feathers? Tailfeathers?
What say you, dear reader?
They look really good congrats, good luck with getting the whole model done!
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Looks promising. The greenstuff work is very nice, especially the feathers.
As for how feathery it should be, it's really up to you. Keeping the main body scaly would maintain that it is a dragon, instead of a different creature. Depends on where you want to go with it.
Also, a friend of mine just built this new model for his High Elf army. Be sure to weight the base well, as it can get a bit overbalanced.
Here are some newer shots.
I'll probably use the green stuffed protrusions on the head as a base for the mane but I might make them into horns or big freestanding feathers.
I removed the oversized shoulder armor from the shield arm and will cover the missing part with a sculpted cape later. I also put som green stuff on the top part of the belt to try and mend some of the damage I did when I 'surjhikly' removed it from its donor body.
More progress on the wing.
More posts as soon as I have some progress to show.
Well done. What about making the tail into feathers, the long kind like pheasants have? +rep
"Courage without the presence of fear is like a pistol without bullets. Meaningless." Colonel Igor Massif, 6777th Severite Rifles M40
I'm loving this project and I can't wait to see the end, but if I could suggest just one thing, on the umm... bones? in the wing, I'd suggest putting feathers over those as well, never seen anything with it's skin revealed like that. Otherwise this is incredibly impressive, probably going to be the coolest looking thing on here in a long time (and I just got finished looking at some guys 50000 point army!)
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I've decided to limit the feathers to the head, wings and lower legs/arms. It will be enough to bring the point home and hopefully avoid the whole 'chaos spawned turkey'-thing. While I see what you mean with the pheasants, Sealancer, I don't think I have the skill to pull it off. Besides, I like the tail as it is. I think I will paint the back spines as great big feathers if it is any concolation.
The protrusions alluded to in earlier posts turned out to be crap and broke off when I tried to add to the mane. Instead I made a solid gs base that I might shape a bit with a knife and will then sculpt something on top of that.
Another area feathered on the wing. And yes, dizzy, I will cover the 'fingers', it is just easier to do the membranes first. It will never look like a bird wing, rather it will with some luck look like an archaeopteryx wing, with claws hidden among the feathers. Possibly, I've could have used pegasus wings but they'd probably look too small on a dragon and two huge chunks of metal pinned onto an already unstable plastic model? No, thanks!
Added the beginnings of a cape to the rider. This was allowed to set with the rider on the dragon with wings and all. Just to make sure it all fits together. (the rider is magnetized by the way)
Oh, and Dead Dude Walking, I have to thank you. I now have indisputable evidence that 'They called me crazy! Crazy!! But I will show them! I will show them all!!' My application to the European Society of Mad Scientists is already in the mail. Thank you, your death will be swift and painless.
*Pushes hands deep into the muddy bottom of the Modelling forum and pulls up the wretched remains of threads best left undisturbed*
Been a little while hasn't it?
Here's some recent work:
Upper side of the wing almost done. I think I'll keep the arm without feathers although I will probably try to make the transition between feathers and scales more natural. I'm not so sure about the feathers on the outermost edge. They look a bit too regular I think.
Sculpted folds to the cape. It's looking quite like I wanted it to. Also added a small trangular piece to the belt to make it more symmetrical. I just need to add the head and the rider is more or less done.
I might not be able to do much work on this project during the summer. We'll see what happens.
Looking good, looking good.
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